There’s an emptiness inside of you that you can’t explain. You’ll try to go on with your day-to-day life but you somehow feel lost. Every song on the radio (or shuffled playlist) will trigger a memory be it sad or happy. You can’t help but relive those memories by once again pushing the play button and re-watch this certain K-drama that caused all this despair.
Whether you’re a seasoned K-drama fan or a newbie in this fangirling world, getting that post-drama sadness is inevitable; especially if that series gave you heavenly good experience throughout its run. I’ve accepted the fact that this phenomenon comes with the K-drama experience.
My first case of this syndrome was recorded back in 2006 when Goong/Princess Hours swept off my feet. I was an inexperienced victim at that time, I was lost on what to do. I’ve spent a lot of internet cards just to read recaps, reviews, and every English translated article about the series and their actors. And there wasn’t a lot of sites at that time. Streaming wasn’t also an option back then so I wait patiently for a rerun on our local TV network just so I could replay my favorite scenes.
Countless K-dramas later and here I am again suffering from post-series depression because of Hospital Playlist. I obsessively watched this drama for 12 weeks. Now, I’m totally lost on what to do with my Thursdays. Good thing, I’ve developed some ways to fill up the void left by a great series. Of course, these aren’t full-proof cures but one of them works for me most of the time.
Maknae’s Coping Mechanisms:
Drown yourself with good music – Sometimes OSTs, sometimes totally unrelated music. Just like how you move on from other things that caused you pain, music definitely can soothe your longing soul. I also use this “after series” time to listen to K-pop releases I probably missed and fangirl my heart out to my favorite groups’ comebacks.
Watch some behind-the-scenes videos – If you miss the cast so badly, you can watch their “making” videos usually posted by the TV network on their platforms online. It’s always fun to see how my favorite scenes were shot; the dynamics of the cast off-screen; and of course, the inescapable laughter-inducing NGs.
Watch another K-drama – This is the widely used technique of K-drama fans. As they say, you can only move on from a K-drama by watching another one (so, the cycle will continue just like that haha). What usually works me is picking something from the opposite genre of the series I’m trying to move on. I will just end up comparing this series to another if I choose something similar.
Consume content in another format – Out of all the tips here on this TCA, this one is my ultimate go-to way of forgetting a drama. My post-series depression is always followed by a short-term K-drama slump (sometimes it can last longer than expected). I temporarily leave the K-drama world and grabbed some books or watch some vlogs/western series or anything unrelated to K-dramas. Eventually, I’ll come back to K-dramaverse with renewed love and vigor. This a sure way for me to move forward.
No matter how many tips you follow you won’t move on if you’re not willing to. Take your time and JUST. RELEASE. ALL. THOSE. FEELS. Tweet it all you want. Replay those scenes for the nth time. No one will judge you for buying stocks and investing too much in a fictional world or character. Even if the drama ended already, let’s treasure their memories in our hearts forever and always.